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August 20
In this 2019 photo, a billboard promoting the Minnesota State Fair stood near the animal barns.

Returning Minnesota State Fair has full slate of ag programming

After a year off for the pandemic, the Minnesota State Fair is back with plenty of agricultural offerings.
Duluth
August 18
Aircrafts scooped water from Sand Lake to drop onto the nearby Greenwood Fire on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as seen from an airplane above the temporary

Superior National Forest fire grows to 6 square miles

A new fire near Britt, Minn., within the Superior National Forest, started Wednesday.
Local
August 18
A woman and children explored a dried-up channel of the Mississippi River in Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in Brooklyn Park on Tuesday, amid the o

Drought at levels not seen in Minn. since 1988, the Dust Bowl

The DNR put much of the state in a 'restrictive phase' on Wednesday.
Business
August 13
Allison O’Toole, the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, far right, gave Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack a tour of the Second Harvest Heartland facil

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, local leaders discuss food security in Brooklyn Park

Food bank officials, school nutritionists from Twin Cities told the agriculture secretary that pandemic-era food assistance must continue.
Business
August 13
This April 2020 file photo shows the Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Cold Spring, Minn.

JBS plans to buy rest of Pilgrim's Pride shares, make it private

The move comes the same week Cargill formed a joint venture to buy another poultry business, Sanderson Farms.
Business
August 12
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, walked with farmer William “Chip” Callister Thursday in what should be a knee-high third crop of alfalfa

Ag Secretary Vilsack visits drought-stricken Minnesota, pledges support for farmers

The visit comes amid a deepening drought afflicting cattle and dairy farmers and worrying some crop growers about next year's water levels.
Business
August 9
Cargill Inc. headquarters in Minnetonka.

Cargill forms venture to buy a chicken producer for $4.5B

Cargill has chicken processing operations overseas, but its purchase of Sanderson Farms will put it in the middle of a U.S. industry that is red-hot right now.
Agriculture
August 7
Whether the owner will rebuild the burned-out Clinton Grain Elevator is now up to its insurance company. Farmers are diverting loads to Graceville, 7

Future of town's grain elevator up in the air

'Too early to tell' on rebuilding after fire, general manager says
Business
August 7
Tyler Lorenzen is CEO of Puris Proteins and his sister Nicole Atchison is CEO of Puris Holdings. They are shown in the company’s Minneapolis headqua

How a Midwestern farm family found the power of peas and changed American food

Puris, now a leading supplier of pea protein in the U.S., started as a family-run provider of specialty seeds for vegetable growers.
Business
August 7
The ongoing debate over biofuels mandates has a new combatant: large food and grocery companies.

U.S. bread, donut makers urge Biden to roll back biofuel requirements

For years, the fight over biofuel mandates has been between oil producers and farmers. But now, some of farmers' best customers are weighing in — against them.
Business
August 7
After surging during most of the pandemic, food prices around the world have started to decline. File photo of a vegetable farm in Elk River, Minn.

World food prices fall for second month in July

Prices remain about one-third higher than they were a year ago, but they appear to be turning a corner.
Politics
August 6
This alfalfa crop on Steve Anderson’s farm in Foley is one of many across the state affected by the drought. LEILA NAVIDI • STAR TRIBUNE

Drought-plagued Minnesota farmers to get additional government aid

Gov. Tim Walz says federal aid is coming and he hopes for supplement from state.
Agriculture
August 5
Minnesota is heading deeper into drought. Lawns are brown and water levels in rivers, lakes and creeks are dropping. Here, the creek between Lake Harr

Minnesota in 'warning' phase despite the worsening drought

Mississippi River drops below critical threshold for drought measures.
Business
August 4
Folks gathered to talk and get a look at the equipment offerings at the Ziegler Ag Equipment display at Farmfest 2021.

Minnesota farmers reconnect as Farmfest returns

The three-day ag show in southern Minnesota drew good crowds but fewer vendors after taking last year off due to the pandemic.
Business
August 4
Land O’ Lakes saw its profit double this spring compared to a year ago, when food demand shifted at the start of the pandemic. Pictured is the compa

Land O'Lakes profit rose 22% as crop-related businesses drive more growth this spring

Demand for butter and milk surged in spring 2020, giving a boost to the farmers' co-op when the broader economy was contracting.
August 2
Melissa Sanders Carroll, executive director of Ideag, the organization that puts on Farmfest.

Minnesota's Farmfest back after a year off

The yearly farm show in southwestern Minnesota starts Tuesday after a year off
August 2
Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford will usher in the company’s 100th anniversary along with rising profits.

No one thought farmers could work together — then came Land O'Lakes

CEO Beth Ford continues to chart new paths for the 100-year old cooperative, which took its name from a stick of butter.
Business
July 24
Bailey Tangen, a University of Minnesota graduate student in water resources, led a session on soil health at the University of Minnesota Extension’

To know what's happening in a field, ag advisers learn to 'just start digging'

University of Minnesota Extension's "Field Days" aims to give ag professionals a farmer's-eye view.
July 23
Wesley Batista, an executive at the world’s largest meatpacker JBS, listens to his lawyer Ticiano Figueiredo, during his testimony at the Parliament

Brazilian brothers behind JBS are out of jail and worth $6 billion

The revival of Joesley and Wesley Batista is a testament to bare-knuckles political deal making, ruthless efficiency while pivoting to plant-based alternatives and eyeing a U.S. listing.
Business
July 23
Steve Anderson, a farmer near Foley, on Friday looked over his alfalfa crop, which he said should be up to his knees at this point in the season. It b

As drought concerns grow, so do Minnesota farmers' worries

While dry weather can push up commodity prices, grain farmers increasingly worried about lower yields this year.